Nutrition Essentials


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This curriculum helps students learn how to make healthful dietary and physical activity choices. The curriculum is designed for students who are familiar with the various food groups and who have had exposure to terms such as vitamins and minerals. The curriculum includes six lessons and tools for teachers based on the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

What’s inside: Lesson plans and various tools for the teacher: lesson plans with objectives, Power-Point presentations, posters, reproducible worksheets,
standards, and interactive games.

Activity highlight: Lesson 1, “Get the MyPyramid Amounts of Foods for You,” reviews the key concepts from MyPyramid through discussion and the use of a poster.

Nutrition competencies by grade:
Grade 6: 1b- c,(1f) 3, 5, (7)
Grades 7–8: 1a, ,(1b-d), (1f); (3) , (5), 6, (7)
Grade 9: (a–c) (1f),(3) ( 5–7)
(x)=partial addressing of competency

Language: English
Number of lesson plans: 6
Amount of time per lesson: 40–60 minutes
Estimated total time for lessons: 5–6 hours

Format: Downloadable PDF; print with CD
Cost: Free

Cafeteria connection: No
After school: Yes

Learning Registry Activity


    Topics and Grades

    Grade: 6 to 8

    Topics: Health Education, Physical Activity, Health & Physical Education, Nutrition

    Resource Pedagogy

    Resource Type/Classification:

    • Teacher Materials
    • Reproducibles
    • Student Materials

    Tool for: Teachers

    Beneficiary: Students